Virginia Primary — Why you should NOT vote for Mike Huckabee

February 8, 2008

We have compiled many, many reasons over the past few months why you should not vote for Mike Huckabee on Tuesday.

Here is one of them, that led us to dub him as the Republican Mike Dukakis — “Mike Dukakabee.”

But that is not the only reason. He also:

And this is all just the tip of the iceberg.

Read the rest of the blog for more. Much more.

Mike Huckabee belongs no where near the presidency, not as McCain’s running mate and not even in a cabinet post where he is in the line of succession. He is a big government Republican who just happens to be a social conservative. Some label this as being a “Christian Socialist.” Whatever you want to call it, it is NOT what any Reagan conservative should want this party to become.

So, on Tuesday, vote for John McCain. Vote for Ron Paul. Vote for one of the candidates who has already dropped out. But by no means vote for Mike Huckabee.


Mike Huckabee is no man of the right

February 8, 2008

Now that Dr. James Dobson has thrown in with Mike Huckabee (Virginia Virtucon), it looks like we’ll have a spirited two-man-plus-Paul contest after all (I told you this wasn’t over yet).  Sadly, a lot of right-wingers will take this, add it to their own animus toward McCain, and declare Huckabee the “conservative alternative” in the race.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

McCain’s departures from orthodox Republicanism are well known – partly because some of them are big issues, partly because MSM has been building the division-within-the-party angle for decades, and partly because McCain, a very principled man, is never shy about what he thinks.  However, Huckabee has far more serious problems with the right, problems that have been highlighted often in this space but bear repeating.

Mike Huckabee (or as he’s better known around here, Mike Dukakabee), had a history of big spending and higher taxes during his decade in power in Arkansas – to the point of accusing critics of wanting “to rip the feeding tubes out of an 8-year-old or an elderly person on Medicaid.”  During another argument over taxes, he referred to limited-government supporters within his own party as “Shiites” – insulting hundreds of thousands of Muslims and dismissing the party’s base in one fell swoop.  While McCain did oppose the Bush tax cuts when they were initially proposed, he has always been firmly against higher government spending, and the tax argument was never this personal with him.  The Huckster has also threatened to regulate corporate salaries.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there was his appalling history with granting clemency to hardened criminals, which coud be an even greater problem given the number of enemy combatants we still have in custody.  That reminds me; for those of you upset about McCain’s call to close Guantanamo’s detention center (I also prefer it remain operational), Huckabee also wants it shut down.

This brings us to foriegn policy, a subject on which Huckabee boasted of his ignorance by borrowing the old Holiday Inn punchline.  How ignorant is Huckabee?  Shall I remind you all of the time when he never heard of the Iran NIE?  And then claimed it was published years, rather than days, before his gaffe?  This was while the Huckster tried to make himself relevant by blasting the Bush Adminstration and its “arrogant bunker mentality.”

Of course, Huckabee’s main claims to fame are his views on social-issues.  Naturally, most folks thus assume that he would at least be reliable on the most important role a President plays in social issues – the appointment of judges.  As it turns out, that assumption is – at the very least – in question.

As, I’ve said before, I can understand why so many right-wingers are less than happy with John McCain, but he is still the best candidate in the field, even before Romney suspended his campaign.  Either way, the notion of Huckabee as a decent alternative is out of the question.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Mike Dukakabee – Constitution is a “living, breathing document”

January 18, 2008

Although Mike Dukakabee’s website states:

I firmly believe that the Constitution must be interpreted according to its original meaning, and flatly reject the notion of a “living Constitution.”

Just today while being interviewed on CNN, Dukakabee said that the Constitution is a “living, breathing document.” That’s right. The words straight from his own mouth. Words that could have spouted out of the mouth of Bill or Hillary Clinton, Algore, or Justices Breyer and Ginsberg.

With liberals like Mike Dukakabee running for president, who needs Democrats?

How Huckabee defines “strict construction”

January 4, 2008

One of the most important issues for Republican voters is the judicial branch.  It was perahps theone issue that enabled President Bush to keep nearly all social conservatives on his side in 2004 (including Pat Buchanan, who specifically cited it as a reason he supported Bush’s re-e-election).  Thus, one would be interested to know Mr. Huckabee’s view on good judicial appointments.  Lucky for us, Liberty Pundit already talked to him about it (via Confirm Them, emphasis added):

Brian (LP): Is there anything you can share about your experience of appointing judges while Governor?

Governor Huckabee: You know, I looked for people who embodied those very things I just mentioned. A commitment to a strict constructionist view of their job, viewed the Constitution as something that they were simply to apply, not to reinterpret and rewrite. But I also looked for people who embodied the kind of temperament that we needed on the bench, who would, uh, divorce themselves and distance themselves from their own personal passions in the sense of letting their emotions drive them, but [instead] letting the Constitution drive them. And, uh, the kind of people I appointed certainly ended up, uh, for example, one I can think of, that I put on the State Supreme Court…President Bush appointed him to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. An outstanding young jurist named Lavenski Smith that I’ve known since I was in grade school. And he’s a person that embodies the kind of person we need on the bench, he, uh, has a deep respect for God, for this country and its Constitution, and, uh, almost approaches his job with a sense of fear and trembling, to make sure that he does it in such a way that he has a clear conscience.

Now, Smith is just one judge among many, but (1) judges are elected in Arkansas, so Huckabee’s appointments were only temporary and much fewer than governors in other states, and (2) Smith’s record is hardly that of a “strict constructionist.”  Here’s what the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Bench & Bar had to say about him (emphasis added):

Since joining the court, Judge Smith has authored approximately 100 majority opinions, two concurring opinions, and seven dissenting opinions.  His opinions appear to place him slightly to the left of center on the court ideologically, but with some unpredictability.  He has dissented three times in search-and-seizure cases, each time taking the position that investigating officers did not comply with the 4th Amendment.  He also joined an en banc dissent favoring the suppression of a criminal defendant’s confession on the ground it was involuntary.  In employment discrimination cases, he has written a dissenting opinion to oppose a remittitur from $200,000 to $10,000, and he has joined in an en banc dissent that took the position that an employee could prove a claim of race discrimination in a promotion even though he never formally applied for the position

Hans Bader (of the Competitive Enterprise Institute) is similarly unimpressed (Comment 16 on SCOTUS Blog, emphasis added):

Lavenski Smith has turned out to be ever-so- slightly left-of-center on the Eighth Circuit, left of that Circuit’s center on race discrimination claims, and willing to uphold some restrictions on anti-abortion signs (that latter fact is surprising given his pre-judicial litigation work with the Rutherford Institute). Despite his once conservative background, he now seems to be a moderate with some liberal tendencies.

If this is the kind of jurist Mike Huckabee calls a “strict constructionist,” we’re in big trouble.